By plane: Krakow's international Balice Airport has direct flights to London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Austria, and other European cities.

By train: Krakow can be reached in under three hours from Warsaw, and also run direct to Austria, Germany, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine. The city has good east-west and north-south highway connections, and reliable bus and tram facilities.

Accommodations: Hotels range from $15 to $150, and you can eat well at restaurants for $25 or less. Half-day excursions include Poland's Jasna Gora national sanctuary, the Auschwitz concentration camp and famous Wieliczka salt mine.